Seven months into the Biden administration, the date of 9/11: September 11, 2021, has been set for the complete termination of the US operation in Afghanistan, marking yet another significant milestone in America’s ambition of failing nations.
No possible existence under Taliban rule: murder, oppression, conflict, and even more dreadful tragedy than before would befall the Afghan people, and America doesn’t care.
Go through world-breaking news following the departure and you’ll see headlines like “Taliban seize regional capital,” “Senior media officer killed at Friday prayers” “Death in Kabul,” and “Killings are an affront to Afghans.”
Did you notice that the news is about incarceration, assassinations, and a tragedy that is worsening than ever?
It was reported that military chiefs encouraged Biden to withdraw a few thousand American soldiers from Afghanistan leaving more others there, but Biden brushed them aside.
In his speech announcing the withdrawal of US combat forces on April 14, Biden argued that the Trump administration’s agreement with the Taliban represented a binding commitment and that failure to adhere to it would lead the Taliban to target remaining American forces.
Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda, US forces have been fighting in Afghanistan for over 20 years. The steps were intended to protect America first, then to strengthen the America-Afghanistan relationship, and finally to deal with the threat of terrorism, which favors America. It is evident that, for the time being, this crucial American goal has been met, and hence there is no need to stay ‘any longer’ – turn back and let terror devour Afghanistan.
General David Petraeus, who oversaw the war operation in Afghanistan as CENTCOM Commander and later as Commander of US and ally forces on the ground, remarked proved that the US had achieved its objectives in Afghanistan and therefore must withdraw.
What I see now, sadly, is the onset of what is going to be quite a brutal civil war, considerable ethnic and sectarian displacement, assassination of government officials, millions of refugees…We will see the return of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State though I don’t see an immediate domestic security threat for the US in that regard…And we will see the reestablishment of the kind of medieval ultra conservative Islamist regime that was the Taliban. – David Petraeus
In 2020, then-President Donald Trump reached an agreement with the Taliban that violated America’s well-known pledges: As the Taliban is still closely affiliated with al-Qaeda, according to the UN. The US pledged to withdraw all of its soldiers from Afghanistan within 14 months and to compel the Afghan government to release thousands of Taliban detainees.
With the agreement being reached, one of the few pledges given in exchange, “not to cooperate with groups or individuals threatening the security of the United States and its allies” has already been broken.
The Taliban is still “closely aligned” with al-Qaeda, and the US inked a pact with them. A kind of disaster though but to Afghanistan. Also because the Taliban is not keeping its end of the deal, Biden should have kept the 2,500 to 3,500 US troops who act as crucial advisers to Afghan forces or followed military chiefs’ suggestions. Instead, on April 14, Biden announced a withdrawal that would be completed by September 11 — honoring al-Qaeda allies on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
The problem is made worse by the Biden administration’s apparent desire to force the evacuation of US contractors who keep Afghan military planes flying. According to military experts and a recent Defense Department inspector general, “Afghan forces will no longer be able to keep dozens of fighter planes, cargo aircraft, US-made helicopters, and drones flying for more than a few months without the contractors’ support.” and “If Afghan forces are deprived of air cover, on which they have grown to rely, the risk of a Taliban triumph grows enormously.”
In the midst of a deteriorating security scenario, Taliban insurgents stormed an Afghan provincial capital and assassinated the government’s senior media officer in Kabul on Friday. Nations are in serious crises as a result of American interventions and interests protection around the world.
This is how they rise to become the world’s most powerful nation: by opting in to support and then abandoning, an hour later when their own interests have been met.
The Biden administration has made no plans to evacuate all of the translators and other Afghans who have risked their lives to assist US troops – and who will very certainly be murdered by the Taliban. With US soldiers preparing to leave well ahead of the September deadline.
The US is skilled at playing these kinds of death games, and the Afghan people are their latest victims; they have been tricked by the US. The look is that, since there is no plan to save the people, Americans have simply decided to say, to hell with Afghanistan: This is revenge for the 9/11 attacks.